Thursday, November 22, 2012

Régis Roinsard's Populaire: Speed Typing on the Big Screen

Look at that concentration! However, I do not think she is touch typing - she seems to be going at it with two fingers, wouldn't you say? 

Promo pic - that striped dress is gorgeous! The hands in frames are rather creepy, though. And I cannot for the life of me figure out what typewriter that is - probably one custom-made for the film, I would imagine; it doesn't even vaguely resemble anything I recognize. 

Obviously, the main typewriter featured throughout the film - and used by the heroine - is a Hermes Ambassador, but I wonder if there is also a connection to Japy. The list of characters on Wikipedia includes one Gilbert Japy... doubtless of the Japy Typewriter company! Fascinating.

Timed practice sessions - she does look to be touch typing here, so perhaps my initial concern was unfounded...

This is her competitor, I presume? Is that an Olympia SG-3, or another custom-made typewriter?

If you can, enlarge this picture by all means - Japy, Voss, Underwood... it is awfully fun to guess what everyone is using from these small glimpses. Can't wait to see the movie! It comes out in Switzerland on December 19; let's just say I know how I'll be spending Christmas Day :)

I love how this picture references color-coded typing guides!

And finally, a couple of trailers (hope I get the YouTube embedding right):

If you would like to see more, here is the movie's website:

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful that Régis Roinsard was inspired by typewriters to make what looks to be a compelling and original period movie - and I cannot wait to see it next month!

If this is the first you are hearing of speed typing contests, you are in luck: Robert Messenger of Oz Typewriter has written about them several times. This is a great post to start with. 

Finally - if you had to enter a speed typing contest, which of your typewriters would you take and why? Off to explore that question myself...
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